Stockholm Metro incorporates children’s views on Accessibility

TYPSA and its design partner for the expansion of Stockholm’s metro have investigated the consequences of this project in children, with special attention to station accessibility, to make the design as optimal as possible for younger passengers.

The focus of the study is on the new stations’ connection with the urban surroundings, the stations’ design and the impact during the construction and operation periods. Eight working groups were set-up in schools from the surroundings of the planned new metro stations and almost 200 children have participated with great interest and commitment. The main conclusion is that it is important for children that the metro is clean, safe and that information is provided in a clear manner through pictograms and simple language. Furniture and lighting should be adapted to their specific needs both at entrances and stations. Connection between metro and other means of public transportation should be made as easy as possible.